Only on 12: Deanna Brown talks meeting estranged sister, teaming with Mick Jagger for new biopic

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 First at Five and 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It was a big day for the James Brown family.

Deanna Brown Thomas met her sister for the first time, and we learned the life and story of James Brown is finally coming to the big screen.

Nicole Parris came all the way from Canada for an exclusive first-time meeting with her sister, Deanna.

"I want to see it all," Nicole said. "It is just too much."

News 12 was there for every flash of the camera as Deanna met her sister.

"I've never met her before in my life ... This is the first time," she said.

Their fist stop was the family circle.

"I was surprised. It's validating to see that I'm included in the family," Nicole said.

While was the Godfather of Soul was performing on stages around the world, Nicole, also known as Cinnaman, grew up as a normal girl in Vancouver, Canada.

"My half siblings are blond hair, blue eyes, and kids were like, 'Are you adopted?' I was like, 'No ... My dad's a singer. And they were like, 'That's not your dad.' I was like, 'No, he really is,'" she said.

Like most of us, Nicole watched Brown's electric performances from afar.

"I didn't understand it at the time. I was like, well he doesn't know about me. He doesn't know about me ... So I gotta find him so he can come get his little girl. It was confusing," she said.

She never met her father in person.

"And this is part of my healing. This is part of learning about myself and being able to forgive and understanding his history and where he came from," Nicole said.

"It's American history that is part of the fabric of this entire world. And it will never die. I can't much blame her, I would want to know, too," Deanna said.

But first things first ...

"I have to have soul food before I go ... So I'm really absorbing as much as I can," Nicole said.

And just as these sisters meet, the life and story of Brown is finally coming to a theater near you. Deanna is only talking to News 12 about a film that is already attracting big names.

"Imagine Entertainment, Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger Productions have come together to produce the life story of my father," she said.

Yes, that Mick Jagger, and the family wants Augusta front and center.

"I believe that he would want Hollywood to come right here to Augusta, Ga., to really and truly capture the essence of James Brown ... who he was ... where he came from," she said.

A story that will now be screened for a worldwide audience.

"It's going to take a little bit of the good. A little bit of the bad ... a little bit of the ugly and little bit of the indifferent. But look at what we have? Augusta has a national treasure," Deanna said.

The movie is still untitled, but the family says they hope the world will soon learn more about the man behind the music.

"People are going to learn that you can come from some of the hardest and roughest times and still make a difference," Deanna said.

"I think it's long overdue. I think that he is that important. There should be something," Nicole said.

The next question turns to who should play Brown in the movie. What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook page here.

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